March 12, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Sixth-ranked Florida State (14-1) wraps up its six-game road trip with the first of three games against intra-state rival Florida (15-1) on Tuesday. The Seminoles are 5-0 on their current road trip having outscored the opposition 28-11.
Both teams enter Tuesday’s contest on a double-digit win streak. FSU has won 10 in a row, while top-ranked Florida has won 13 straight.
The Seminoles head to Gainesville in search of their first win inside McKethan Stadium since February 20, 2007 when FSU defeated UF 14-6. FSU enters the contest winners of two in a row and 11 of its last 16 against Florida. Over the last two years, Florida State is 7-2 against the Gators with both losses coming in Gainesville.
This Florida State-Florida baseball game is part of the Fresh from Florida Sunshine Showdown Series. Presented by Fresh from Florida, its goal is to remind all fans of the importance of buying home grown and harvested products from Florida. It supports our state’s farmers and fishermen, and our local economies.
The Seminoles lead the all-time series 123-97-1, while the Gators are 53-43 on their home turf. Tuesday marks the 222nd meeting between Florida State and Florida as the Noles are 27-16 over the last 43 games.
The series has been closely contested since 2008 as 10 of the 16 games during that span have been decided by three runs or less. FSU owns a record of 7-3 in those 10 games.
Last year, Florida State took 3 of 4 from Florida, while the Seminoles split the two games in which the Gators were ranked No. 1. FSU out hit UF .224 to .205 and out pitched the Gators with a team ERA of 2.23 to UF’s 3.60.
Justin Gonzalez paced FSU’s offense hitting .417 (5-for-12) in the four games with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored. James Ramsey recorded five hits in 17 at-bats with a pair of doubles, one home run, five RBI and four runs scored.
Tuesday’s game in Gainesville will air live over the internet on GatorVision (www.gatorzone.com) for free, while live stats will be available via gametracker. Fans can always receive in-game updates on Twitter @FSU_Baseball.